Stars turn out to help raise cash at the Supercar Event

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A celebrity presence helped boost the Supercar Event's coffers as it held its seventh show at Dunsfold on 15-16 June.

Formerly called Dad's Day Out, the Father's Day event attracted 10,000 visitors and raised more than £75,000 for the Children's Trust.

Auctioned rides with Chris Evans in his Ferrari TR61 recreation raised £3000 alone.

Other well-known faces at the Lexus-backed event included popular television DIY presenter Craig Phillips (with Evans, above), presenter and compere Jason Holman, a smattering of Made in Chelsea stars, former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney and more.

But it was all about the cars with generous members of Club Scuderia, Petrolhead Nirvana, Pistonheads, plus individual owners providing once-in-a-lifetime paid rides in 125 supercars.

The machinery included dozens of classics, plus modern Ferraris, McLarens, Lamborghinis and Maseratis. 

A total of 2300 rides were given over two days, amounting to more than 6300 miles around the track. 

Visitors could also enjoy a spin in a Caterham Seven around a specially designed skidpan circuit and rides with the Sporting Bears. 

The weekend event provided plenty of attractions for all the family – from helicopter flights, fire engine and hovercraft rides, to live music performances.

Hannah Du Gray, project manager for The Supercar Event, The Children’s Trust, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and we were thrilled with the turnout. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the event such a success – the Supercar committee, the drivers for the generous contribution of their time, cars, petrol and skill to ensure that every supercar ride was memorable, the track marshals who worked hard to ensure safety for all, our sponsor Lexus and finally to staff and our many volunteers, who gave their time to make it the most successful Supercar Event ever.”

Pictures: Sean Ward (main image and portrait of Chris Evans), Andy Newbold (XK150 fhc)

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